ADOPTAPET.COM X OBEY AWARENESS


ADOPTAPET.COM X OBEY AWARENESS

We partnered with adopt-a-pet.com for our latest awareness project. We are deeply concerned about the resolution of the homeless pet crisis. We share adopt-a-pet.com‘s beliefs that these animals urgently need us to take the lead and speak out on their behalf. Dogs, pet owners, and supporters can proudly wear the ADOPT image I created to show their support. All profits generated from the sale of OBEY Awareness Adopt-A-Pet.com products go directly to support the cause.

Please check out the collar and leash for sale at Obey Clothing.

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Lead by Example ADOPT-A-PET.COM

“These animals urgently need us to take the lead and speak out on their behalf, now more than ever!” 
-Shepard Fairey

Release of special edition Shepard Fairey ADOPT print, originally created to commemorate what was hoped to be the first presidential shelter adoption in history, is now being released with the words, “LEAD BY EXAMPLE.”  The directive is a ‘call to action’ to raise awareness for the plight of shelter animals nationwide.

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Adopt-a-Pet.com

Having recently created the ADOPT image for Adopt-a-Pet.com, I am heartened to see how many people care deeply for the plight of our fellow creatures.

I must have signed over 100 of the ADOPT stickers at the Manifest Hope show in DC. Pia Salk from Adopt-a-Pet.com was there sporting the ADOPT “T” and giving out the stickers. They were in such high demand that she actually ran out. So FYI, the stickers and other ADOPT stuff are available at: http://muttslikeme.adoptapet.com/get_image/

As for the limited edition ADOPT prints, here’s the skinny on those….

Prints will go on sale on Friday, February 6th at a random time at www.muttslikeme.com.
(Please note, they will NOT be purchasable though the ObeyGiant site.)

They will be limited to 1 per customer. I have signed and numbered each print (limited run of 400). Prints will cost $200 and all proceeds will go towards helping the millions of animals in shelters get seen and adopted. Who knows, maybe I’ll even throw a signed ADOPT sticker into one or two of the tubes when they are shipped…a la, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory…

I’m glad to see that the ADOPT image has rallied such strong support for these animals. Check out adoptable animals in your area and other ways to help at Adopt-a-Pet.com

- Shepard

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Indigenous #WaveOfAction Invokes the Sacred

“The connection between the human beings here and the identification of the interconnectedness is like the tide rolling in: one wave after another of this new understanding rolling ashore.” – Casey Camp, Ponca Nation… (Read More)

The unveiling of the new #WaveOfAction organizing network on Tuesday’s call went very well. Thank you to all of you who were on it. We’ve already had many people jump right in and set up their virtual camp. Response has been very positive!

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GOD SAVES & SATAN INVESTS

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UPDATE: I decided that funds from God Saves and Satan Invests will benefit occupythenra.com.  Thanks for caring,  -Shepard

 

This GOD SAVES & SATAN INVESTS print was inspired by the multiple school and mass shootings that have occurred in recent months. As many of you know from my “2nd Amendment Solutions” print from a couple years ago, I’m not a big fan of the absurd abundance of guns in the U.S. I’m also perplexed by the claim of much of the nation to have “Christian values”. If god tells us to love our neighbor and not to take another human life, where do the assault weapons and piles of ammo fit into these “Christian values”? I personally think assault weapons fall more in the “Satan’s values” category. I’m not religious, and the text in this print is designed more to illustrate the hypocrisy and  contrast between “values” and actions in this country than to make a religious statement. Anyway, if you claim to dig god, lay off of satan’s tools…. if you don’t believe in god, lay off of satan’s tools! We live in statistically the safest time in human history, so the idea one would need an assault weapon for self defense is ridiculous. These weapons are tools of aggression, not defense. and any sane person not clouded by irrational fear would reach the same conclusion. When I ponder the demand for these killing machines, I see Satan metaphorically at work in the darkest, fear-based impulses of humanity. We can rise above and be better!
I get the 2nd Amendment, but the right to bear arms should NOT BE UNCONDITIONAL.
The 2nd Amendment reads:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”It was adopted in 1791 shortly after the revolutionary war in which the colonies had freed themselves from an English monarchy that gave the colonies no representation. The wisdom of the 2nd Amendment was to ensure that a state militia could combat dictatorial oppression. I would assert that putting guns in the hands of a large portion of the civilian population was probably not what the founding fathers had in mind. I’d also say that our nations founders could not have predicted the rise of technology enabling people to acquire weapons capable of shooting dozens of rounds in mere seconds.My concern over very easy access to guns seems reasonably well founded. I’m perplexed by America’s love of guns. .I grew up in South Carolina hunting with my dad and we always had shotguns in the house. My dad put a framed piece in my room that said “A wise hunter once said: all the Pheasants ever bred won’t repay for one man dead”. I was taught to honor and value human life. Also, the shotguns used for hunting were required by law for duck hunting, to only hold three shells at a time. The idea was that it was excessive to shoot more than three times at a bird. No one needs a gun that shoots 10, 20, 50 rounds. Whatever your feelings are about hunting, you can use a three shot shotgun to defend your home, but guns are easy to misuse. A lot of people claim to own guns for self-defense, but check out the statistics below. Guns lead to intentional or unintentional misuse far more often than they are used for justifiable, self-defense related homicides.The Self Defense statsFor every time a gun in the home is used in a self-defense homicide, a gun will be used in:
• 1.3 accidental deaths
• 4.6 criminal homicides
• 37 suicidesHere is an editorial about congress. Let’s save lives and hold lawmakers and the NRA accountable!Thanks for caring

.-Shepard Fairey

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Shepard x Mr Andre x Levi’s Flagship Store Paris

Shepard and his crew are in Paris!  Check out this video trailor and read below for events and information.

156 years ago, Levi Straus and Jacob Davis turned serge De Nimes, a simple fabric worn by French sailors, into the denim jean.  What followed was a new uniform of progress adopted by freethinking people around the world. Since then, French and American cultures have continued to inspire, learn and borrow from each other.  This transatlantic friendship has propelled both countries collectively forward,giving birth to many important movements in music, film, art and fashion. The new Levi’s® store arrived on the Champs Elysees this May, we are celebrating the relationship between USA and France and the progress it has inspired. As part of this celebration, we dedicate our new home in Paris to a series of collaborations between French cultural leaders and their equally-esteemed American friends. Over the course of 2 months, music legends Pedro Winter from Ed Banger Records (Paris) and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records (New York, USA) as well as street artists Andre Saraiva (Paris, France) and Shepard Fairey (Los Angeles, USA) will share their love for each other’s countries, cultures and creative spirits through elaborate music and art-themed installations, limited edition collaboratively-designed apparel, hand-selected merchandise and a series ofevents, screenings and interactive workshops.

Vive les Friends Events

Friday, June 15th: Artist Talk

We often see their art but we rarely hear them talk about it. As part of our Vive Les Friends celebration at the Levi’s Flagship Store on Champs Elysees, we are hosting a talk between the transatlantic friends Mr ANDRÉ and Shepard Fairey. Moderated by Michael Dupouy of LAMJC, the hour-long talk beings at 20:00.

Saturday, June 16th: DIY Workshop with Mr. ANDRÉ and Shepard Fairey

 

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Matt Sorum stands up for Art in Schools

Matt Sorum is fighting to keep art programs in public schools and I couldn’t agree more with the need for creative nourishment in schools. You can find out more about his efforts at www.adoptthearts.org.
-Shepard

Read the LA Weekly article HERE

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2nd Amendment Solutions

There were a few alternative tag lines for this poster including:

WHY DO I NEED A GUN?… TO PROTECT MYSELF FROM THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TAKE MY GUNS AWAY!

WHAT DO YOU MEAN AMERICANS WON’T ADOPT THE METRIC SYSTEM?… WE USE 9MM’S ALL THE TIME!

I began this print before the recent shootings in Arizona inspired by Nevada Tea Party nut job Sharron Angle’s comment that “if congress keeps going this way, people are looking for 2nd Amendment remedies”

The 2nd Amendment reads:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

It was adopted in 1791 shortly after the revolutionary war in which the colonies had freed themselves from an English monarchy that gave the colonies no representation. The wisdom of the 2nd Amendment was to ensure that a state militia could combat dictatorial oppression. I would assert that putting easily concealed handguns in the hands of a large portion of the civilian population was probably not what the founding fathers had in mind.

My concern over violent rhetoric in politics and the very easy access to guns seems reasonably well founded. I’m not blaming violent rhetoric for the shootings committed by a mentally ill man, but it can’t help. Inciting hostility is just uncivilized and irresponsible. I’m perplexed by America’s love of hand guns. I grew up in South Carolina hunting with my dad and we always had shotguns in the house. My dad put a framed piece in my room that said “A wise hunter once said: all the Pheasants ever bred won’t repay for one man dead”. I was taught to honor and value human life. Whatever your feelings are about hunting, you can’t easily conceal a shotgun, but you can use it to defend your home. Hand guns are too easy to misuse. A lot of people claim to own hand guns for self-defense, but check out the statistics below. Hand guns lead to intentional or unintentional misuse far more often than they are used for justifiable, self-defense related homicides. Even southern boys Lynyrd Skynyrd seem to get it!

Check out these lyrics from Saturday Night Special:

Big Jim’s been drinkin’ whiskey
And playing poker on a losin’ night
And pretty soon, Big Jim starts a thinkin’
Somebody been cheatin’ and lyin’
So Big Jim commences to fightin’
I wouldn’t tell you no lie
And Big Jim done pull his pistol
Shot his friend right between the eyes

Mr.Saturday night special
Got a barrel that’s blue and cold
Ain’t no good for nothin’
But put a man six feet in a hole

Self Defense

For every time a gun in the home is used in a self-defense homicide, a gun will be used in:
• 1.3 unintentional deaths
• 4.6 criminal homicides
• 37 suicides

In 1997 there were 15,690 homicides.

• Of these, 8,503 were committed with handguns.
• Among handgun homicides, only 193 (2.3 percent) were classified as justifiable homicides by civilians.

For every time in 1997 that a civilian used a handgun to kill in self-defense, 43 people lost their lives in handgun homicides alone.

For more handgun statistics check out www.vpc.org/fact_sht/hgbanfs.htm

Thanks for caring.
-Shepard

18 x 24″ Screen Print, Signed and Numbered Edition of 450.  $45.

For release on 1/21/2011 at a random time.   SOLD OUT

Rise And The Fall Fanzine Interview/Cover

I met Craig from THE RISE AND THE FALL at an Ian MacKaye spoken word gig. Craig used to work in the art department for SST Records, and now does the awesome zine THE RISE AND THE FALL(of the harbor area). I grew up in the 80′s with skate and punk zines that were xeroxed and stapled and it is great to see that culture and spirit carried on. Craig asked me if I’d do an interview and cover for THE RISE AND THE FALL and I was really happy to be able to be part of a zine that embodies the DIY energy that inspired me. Read the interview here, but support DIY culture and buy the zine, it is only 3 bucks.
-Shepard

ISSUE THIRTEEN / May – August 2009 – featuring Shepard Fairey
MORE INFO AT 
www.myspace.com/riseandfall

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A Mutt Like Me

The day Obama stated his interest in adopting a dog from the shelter was a slightly brighter one for the approximately 7 million adoptable dogs & cats killed each year in this country. The staggering reality is that for each one sold at a pet store or by a breeder, another perfectly worthy one is killed.  Our nations shelters are filled to capacity with all kinds of amazing adoptable animals including, as Obama put it, “Mutts like me.”
On the heels of Obama’s comment, I got a call from Pia Salk, an animal advocate who works with North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, Adopt-a-Pet.com. Pia simply asked if I might be willing to collaborate on a way to have my art help these animals.
As most of you know, I’m a big believer in speaking up for all who suffer injustice, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or in this case, species!  And I’m all for adopting from the shelter.  My wife and I share our home with 2 pooches,  George and Weezie, who is a rescue. They are the happy canine siblings to our 2 human daughters.
The image I created for this print reminds me of a dog I had as kid, a mutt named Honey.
We have created a limited edition run of 400 signed and numbered silk-screen prints that will be available at: www.muttslikeme.com.  The January sale date will be announced soon and proceeds will go to getting the furry non-partisan U.S. residents, who share our country, saved and into homes through: www.Adoptapet.com
Check out the site and search for adoptable animals in your area or other ways to help.
-Shepard Fairey

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